The agile leadership role
January 19, 2010
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I watched a presentation by Lyssa Adkins (The Road from Project Manager to Agile Coach) a few days ago. Its a great story and gives great tips to anyone who is or has moved into the agile space as a leader (be it scrum master, product owner or agile coach).
An awesome quote was that this is an “arduous journey away from ego and toward enlightenment”.
Some tips are:
- Be detached from outcomes
- Take it to the team
- Master your face
- Model being unreasonable
- Be the teams biggest fan
- Let the team fail
To be an agile leader you need to embrace features of servant leaders – be an enabler, a facilitator. Agile teams need to be highly collaborative, this implies the team:
- is self organising
- makes empowered decisions
- believes the team can solve any problem
- has team success
- uses trust as a motivator
- owns its decisions and outcomes
- respects all insights
- is consensus driven
- uses constructive disagreement
This has definitely driven home the message to me that I was too involved in my previous teams. I need to stop driving and start guiding. Stop talking and listen more. Focus on the now. Ask powerful questions, not push the team where I think they should be.
Mmm easier said than done me thinks!